01 Jan Aiemann Zahabi announces withdrawal from UFC Vegas 17 due to positive COVID-19 test
A positive COVID-19 test has forced Aiemann Zahabi out of UFC Vegas 17.
Zahabi was scheduled to fight Drako Rodriguez in a bantamweight bout on Saturday at UFC APEX in Las Vegas. But on Thursday, he announced via social media his withdrawal from the card.
It’s heartbreaking for me not to be there fight week in Vegas but thankfully my covid 19 symptoms haven’t been too bad so far. Wishing you all love and safety during this pandemic. pic.twitter.com/g7YSELZYuH
— Aiemann Zahabi (@Aiemannzahabi) December 17, 2020
“For my pre-flight COVID-19 test I ended up getting a positive result, and I ended up getting sick for a couple of days, so I was not able to fly out to Las Vegas to compete this Saturday,” Zahabi said in a recorded message.
The 33-year-old Canadian wrote in the accompanying caption that his COVID-19 symptoms have not been “too bad so far.”
Per a UFC official, a replacement opponent will not be available for Rodriguez, leaving UFC Vegas 17 with 13 fights.
See the updated card below:
Stephen Thompson vs. Geoff Neal
Jose Aldo vs. Marlon Vera
Khaos Williams vs. Michel Pereira
Marlon Moraes vs. Rob Font
Gillian Robertson vs. Taila Santos
Marcin Tybura vs. Greg Hardy
Anthony Pettis vs. Alex Morono
Sijara Eubanks vs. Pannie Kianzad
Karl Roberson vs. Dalcha Lungiambula
Deron Winn vs. Antonio Arroyo
Tafon Nchukwi vs. Jamie Pickett
Cody Durden vs. Jimmy Flick
Carlton Minus vs. Christos Giagos